Senior Project Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D00487A
Closing Date: 10-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: Position Description - D00487 - SGRU - Senior Project Officer.docx (Word, 540KB)

Contact: Jeffrey Ropati on 0483 176 001

Position Details


  • Utilise your project management skills to support the implementation and operation of the Stolen Generations Reparations Package.
  • Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service for up to 3 years.
  • VPS Grade 5: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation.


The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Senior Project Officer to provide a critical role in the Stolen Generations Reparations Unit.


This is a prioritised role for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, who will be given priority consideration as per the special measures provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.


About the business unit

The Aboriginal Justice Group of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is committed to driving systemic change in the justice system, to connect, support and deliver better outcomes for the Aboriginal community. The group works in partnership with Traditional Owners and the Victorian Aboriginal community to embed the principles of self-determination in the justice sector.

The SGRU was established to implement the Reparations Package to help address the trauma and suffering caused by the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families, culture and Country. The Senior Project Officer will be responsible for leading and developing key internal business processes and systems and support the Senior Manager to ensure the effective delivery of the Reparations Package.


About the role

As the Senior Project Officer, you will report to and work collaboratively with the Senior Manager to establish and manage the enabling infrastructure that supports the delivery of the Reparations Package, including evaluating the operation of the Reparations Package and developing procedures and guidelines. You will also liaise with key internal and external Stakeholders on behalf of the SGRU to ensure timely and effective delivery of the Reparations Package and manage key project, policy and strategic responses, as required.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Establish and maintain effective procedures and practices to maintain high quality SGRU business operations.
  • Develop and maintain an operating manual for the Reparations Package.
  • Own the overall process architecture for the Case Management System, including establishing continual improvement processes and user training as required.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.


About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in business analysis, policy coordination and/or project management functions.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing systems, processes and evaluations in operational contexts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal Community.


How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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